Following Hamas' announcement of the fate of the abducted Bibas family, the IDF announced Wednesday afternoon that it was in contact with the family and was examining the "reliability of the information."
"The Hamas terrorist organization continues to act in a cruel and inhumane manner. IDF representatives spoke with the Bibas family, informed them of the publication and are accompanying them at this time. The IDF is examining the reliability of the information," the IDF said.
"The responsibility for the safety of all abductees in the Gaza Strip rests fully with the Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas endangers the abductees, including nine children. Hamas was required to return them immediately to Israel. The IDF, together with all bodies, will continue to accompany the Bibas family, as well as all the families of abductees and abductees.
"The IDF is using all means, intelligence and operational, to bring the abductees home."
The redheaded children, Ariel, 4, and Kfir, 10 months, who were kidnapped from Nir Oz, became a symbol of the abducted children, when a video of their abduction together with their mother Shiri (32) was circulated on social media. They were abducted together with their father Yarden (34).
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